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EXTREME beaded cape | Met Museum | c. 1887
Beaded Dress and Jacket | Shoe-Icons | 1920s
Silk gauze beaded gown, Shoe-Icons Museum, 1920s
Elizaveta Fedorovna, c. 1880s-90s
Woman’s Dress, LACMA, c. 1830
This dress was absolutely magnificent in person. The silk organza hardly seemed sturdy enough to hold all the detailing on this dress, but hold it did. The amount of work that must have gone into this dress stuns me, and I’ve hardly seen anything like it in person before. It was rather pink, so don’t let the photos make you think that the dress is darker or more orange.
(all photos below by LACMA)
Beaded Evening Dress | Metropolitan Museum | 1917-1920
Beadnet dress || MFA Boston || 2323–2150 B.C.
Because you all loved the first Egyptian beaded dress, I found another for you. I don’t believe this one was posted yet! It is from the Old Egyptian Kingdom in Dynasty 6. From the MFA website:
This beadnet dress is constructed of faience cylinder beads (field number 33-3-34) and 27 faience floral pendants (field number 33-3-35a), reconstructed by Sheila Shear in 2001.
Beadnet dress | Egyptian Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu |2551–2528 B.C.
Depictions of women in Egyptian art occasionally feature garments decorated with an overall lozenge pattern. This design is believed to represent beadwork, which was either sewn onto a linen dress or worked into a separate net worn over the linen. This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of such a garment. It has been painstakingly reassembled from approximately seven thousand beads found in an undisturbed burial of a female contemporary of King Khufu. Although their string had disintegrated, a few beads still lay in their original pattern on and around the mummy, permitting an accurate reconstruction. The color of the beads has faded, but the beadnet was originally blue and blue green in imitation of lapis lazuli and turquoise. (Boston MFA)
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT.